WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Saturday August 11, 7.40pm
Carlton are still clinging to their slim chance to make finals and must beat Brisbane this week to stay in the race.
Last week the Blue’s chances took a hit with a 22 point loss to Sydney. They put up a valiant effort against the top team and must back it up this week to win.
Brisbane also were on the wrong end of a loss, going down to Richmond by 48 points. It was a winnable game so they will be looking to redeem themselves this week, and they are not without a chance.
The Blues will head into the game without fullback Michael Jamison, which will leave them exposed to the height of Jonathan Brown and Daniel Merrit who may return forward.
What Carlton Will Want to See
While it is still possible to make finals Carlton are not as intent as making it as the teams above them. This approach has allowed them to blood some inexperience such as Levi Casboult and Tom Bell who have held their own. Another solid performance this week would be great for their confidence and development.
Last week also saw the return of Jarrad Waite, with 3 goals and 8 marks he was a welcome return. The Blues will want another good performance which could even be confined to creating the contest that they have desperately missed in the forward line.
What Brisbane Will Want to See
Last week Simon Black started as the sub. Having a fit 3 time All Australian, 3 time premier and Brownlow medallist on the bench is farcical. He showed when he came on how good he still is so he must start on the field if the Lions are any chance.
Brisbane will really want to push Carlton this week. Throughout the season the Lions have made steps forward including beating West Coast. If they want to start contending for finals in the near future they need to start winning games like these, interstate games against teams that sit above them.
With Brisbane no chance of making finals they would like nothing more than to come to Melbourne and end Carlton’s hopes.
However Carlton have been able to make the most of less than desirable situation and find some good form. The fact that it is played in Melbourne will give the Blues the edge in what will be a close game.
Carlton by 8pts